2019 Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 10 a.m.
The Evergreen State College, Red Square

South Puget Sound Community College's 2019 Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at The Evergreen State College Red Square, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia WA 98505. Tickets are not required.


Graduates are requested to register for commencement online by completing the Commencement Registration form. Please note: Registering for the ceremony is not a reservation for guest seating.

Be sure to submit a Graduation Application for each degree or certificate you are earning. If you submit a graduation application by April 30, your name will be listed in the Commencement Program List. If you apply after April 30, you can still participate in the Ceremony and your name will be read during the Ceremony but it will not appear in the Commencement Program.

Students earning two-year degrees are eligible to receive Graduation High and Highest Honors, which may be listed in the Commencement Program.  (Certificate-only students are not eligible for Graduation honors). Honors are based on overall College Level Grade Point Average. Honors are as follows: 3.75-3.89 GPA High Honor earns Silver Cord; 3.9-4.0 GPA Highest Honor earns White Cord. Students receiving honors will receive information from Enrollment Services regarding picking up honor cords.

Graduation Cap and Gown

All graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony will wear the traditional cap and gown.

Student regalia will be in stock by early April in the SPSCC Bookstore, located in the Student Union Building (SUB), Building 27.

Prices will be:

Cap/gown/tassel set - $41.98
Extra Caps - $7.98
Extra Tassel - $6.48
Running Start Cords - $14.98

Graduate Check-In at Ceremony

Graduates are required to check-in before the ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. Graduates: Check-in at the tables and pick up your Name/Degree/Certificate Cards. Check-in is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Line-up for the Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.


Staff members will help graduates line up for the processional. Plan to take all items with you to the Ceremony and do not leave personal items behind. Cap tassels should be worn on the right side of your cap. Graduates will receive further instructions when checking in for their name cards and ushers will provide direction throughout the ceremony.


The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and traditionally lasts just under two hours (ending approximately 11:45 a.m.).  Once the platform party has exited and the ceremony has officially concluded, you may greet your guests.

Sign language interpreters will be present during the ceremony.


Professional photographers will offer individual sessions. They will also take a photo of each graduate crossing the stage and will send an email to students’ SPSCC email address with information for ordering photographs online.

Televised Ceremony

The ceremony will be recorded by TCTV.  A schedule of viewing times will be available at:


The Evergreen State College, Red Square
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia WA 98505

From north or south:

  1. Take Interstate 5 to Olympia.
  2. Turn onto Highway 101 at Exit 104.
  3. Go west on 101 North for three miles.
  4. Take The Evergreen State College exit.
  5. Go two miles north on the Evergreen Parkway to the main campus entrance (at the roundabout).

From the west:

  1. Go east on Highway 101 North toward Olympia.
  2. Take the Aberdeen/Shelton exit.
  3. Turn left at the stop sign onto 2nd Ave SW, which becomes Mud Bay Road.
  4. Follow the road's curve to the right and continue up the hill.
  5. At the hill's top, just beyond the overpass, turn left at The Evergreen State College exit.
  6. Merge onto Evergreen Parkway.
  7. Go two miles north to the main campus entrance (at the roundabout).

Graduation Disclaimer: Participation in the ceremony is optional and is not an official verification of graduation requirements. Grades have not been posted at the time of the ceremony and some students may have remaining class requirements.